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All registrations and questions go through Red Mill, the department’s administrative office. All registrations must be at least one week in advance. If you are interested in a program, avoid disappointment and sign up right away as most programs require a minimum number of participants. So, failure to sign up early may mean your program may be canceled.

For registration and questions contact:

Red Mill County Park Administrative Office at 325-8315 or visit www.laportecountyparks.org.

Nature’s Tiny Tots

Come explore nature with toddlers and preschoolers in the Nature Center. Designed for parents and grandparents to bring out the children for some fun. Enjoy music, dance with your kids, giggle, storytelling, take a hike (weather permitting) and just have plain ole fun.

Free

10-11 a.m. at Luhr County Park

Toddlers to Pre-School age

Min 4/Max 24

Registration is required so call at least one week in advance to signup & assure a spot 219.325.8315

n Feb. 3,10

n March 2, 16

n April 6, 27

Healthy Lifestyles

Join the Park Department’s social club committed to help improve your quality of life. Plus you’ll keep up with the health trends, gardening, medical information and balancing your active lifestyle. Come relax, enjoy nature, and have coffee or tea on the Parks with your new circle of friends. And it’s free.

Luhr County Park Nature Center from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesdays

Call at least one week in advance to signup and ensure a spot. Max 30

Call 219-325-8315

n March 4 – Recycling, what you can recycle and where it goes. Plastic Bag exchange, Bring in your plastic bags and trade for a reusable bag. Sacha Gee-Burns, Solid Waste District.

n April 1 – Foot and ankle care with Dr. Grandfield, Podiatrist

n May – no program

Spa Day at the Park

Saturday, March 14

Red Mill County Park – Pat Smith Hall

9:30-11:30 a.m. (note new time)

Free – first 50 will receive a swag bag.

Calming the mind and pampering the body are what is in store for those who come. “Spa Day in the Park” will have sample services and/or products to share and sell. A variety of booths will greet you with services such as aromatherapy, make-up experts, chair massages, natural beauty care products, and jewelry to name a few.

The first 50 will receive a swag bag full of lots of great stuff. The only thing missing is you! No pre-registration is required.

Sunset Stroll and Nature Center Visit

Tuesday, March 17

Luhr Park

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Free – call a week before at 219-325-8315

All ages welcome to take a sunset stroll and visit the Nature Center. Meet with a naturalist at the Nature Center to begin the stroll around the park. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Register by calling to reserve your spot.

Hat and Scarf Time with your stuffed friend

Feb. 5

10-10:45 a.m.

Luhr Park

Free – call a week before at 219-325-8315

Come to the nature center in your favorite Hat and Scarf along with your favorite stuffed animal. We will have story time, snacks and fun. Geared towards kids ages 2-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so call at least one week in advance to reserve your free spot. Min 8/Max 24

Nature Center Open House

Feb. 12 Luhr Park

1-3:30 p.m. All Ages

Come out to the Luhr Park Nature Center to hang out. A variety of crafts will be available for visitors to make. No pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunset Stroll and Nature Center visit

Tuesday, April 7

Luhr Park

6-7:15 p.m.

Free – call a week before at 219-325-8315

All ages welcome to take a sunset stroll and visit the Nature Center. Meet with a naturalist at the Nature Center to begin the stroll around the park. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Register by calling to reserve your spot.

Parent and Child Discovery Days

6-7:15 p.m. Luhr Park Ages 3-8

$5 a child / per program

An adult is required to participate.

n Jan. 29 – Who Made that Track?

n Feb. 5 – Clouds Overhead

n Feb. 12 – Could You Be a Squirrel?

n March 4 – 1 Bird, 2 Bird

n March 18 – Water Everywhere

n April 1 – Flower Power

Pre-registration and payment is required one week before each program.

Reptiles and Amphibians Oh My!

Attention formal educators

If you teach first or second grade students in a La Porte County school, your classroom could have a visit from a park naturalist, along with reptiles and amphibians. During the visit the students will learn the basic differences between reptiles and amphibians, while getting up close and personal with each. Programs can be set up for individual classes with visits to each room lasting 45 minutes to an hour each. Program visits are free and will be offered December through February on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Program start time is flexible.

Call 219-324-5855 or email: natureniki@csinet.net to schedule your classroom visit.

Teachers, Groups and Scout Leaders

Free environmental education programs are offered to groups throughout the year. The programs last one hour or longer depending on the group size and age. Programs can be scheduled at Creek Ridge Park, Luhr Park, Bluhm Park or Red Mill Park. Call the Nature Center at 324-5855 for information or to make reservations.

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